By Taziz Haisiri.
Tripoli, 12 March 2014:
The Tunisian Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomaa, travelled to the Ras Jedir border crossing yesterday in a . . .[restrict]bid to end disputes between border officials which have caused frequent closures.
A Libyan customs officer at Ras Jedir, Zaid Edrissi, told the Libya Herald that Jomaa’s visit had little impact on the Libyan side and that the crossing point had remained closed yesterday after his departure.
Edrissi added that the most recent border closure had been brought about on Sunday after a fight erupted on the Libyan side over damage done to an official’s car by a truck driver. The Tunisian who damaged the car later alleged to customs workers on the Tunisian side that he had been attacked during the dispute.
Since the incident there have been frequent rows between Libyan and Tunisian staff.
The Ras Jedir border crossing was closed two weeks ago after a Libyan smuggler was helped to cross into Tunisia by Libyan border officials. He had apparently been prevented from crossing legally earlier in the day.